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Branford Marsalis: "As ignorance often forces us to do, you make a generalisation about a musician based on one specific record or one moment in time." - (Jazzwise June 2023).

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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"


15491 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 512 of them this year alone and, so far, 133 this month (May 31).

From This Moment On ...

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 07: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 07: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! BACK ON JUNE 15.
Thu 08: Easington Colliery Brass Band @ The Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee. 7:00pm. £10.00.
Thu 08: Faye MacCalman + Blue Dust Archive @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 08: Dilutey Juice + Ceramic @ The Ampitheatre, Sea Road, South Shields. 7:00pm. Free. A South Tyneside Festival event.
Thu 08: Lara Jones w. Vigilance State @ Lubber Fiend, Blandford Square, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 08: Michael Littlefield @ the Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Country blues.
Thu 08: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Castillo Nuevo @ Revolución de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 09: Emma Rawicz @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 10: Miners' Picnic @ Woodhorn, Ashington. Music inc. Northern Monkey Brass Band (3:00-3:50pm); New York Brass Band (4:00-4:55pm).
Sat 10: Front Porch Three @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. Americana, blues, jazz etc.
Sat 10: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.

Sun 11: WORKSHOP: Tim Richards' Jazz Piano Workshop @ JG Windows, Newcastle. Time TBC. Further details tel. 0191 232 1356.
Sun 11: Jeremy McMurray's Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Ropner Park, Stockton TS18 4EF. 2:00-4:00pm. Free.
Sun 11: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 11: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 11: Groovetrain @ Innisfree Sports & Social Club, Longbenton NE12 8TY. Doors 6:30pm. £15.00 (£7.00. under 16).
Sun 11: Jeffrey Hewer Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 12: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 13: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 13: Infusion Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:30pm.
Tue 13: Alice Grace & Pawel Jedrzejewski @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. £12.00 (£10.00. adv.).

Thursday, May 04, 2023

Cheltenham Musings 2

Sunday was our busy day with 4 concerts to get to in three different venues. The weather had changed and it was definitely a ‘big coat’ day. We made sure we knew where the Parabola Arts Centre was and headed for the main site for a cuppa.

After seeing Kit Downes and Deadeye we headed for the Giggling Squid Thai Restaurant wherein we were offered a choice of tables. I chose to sit next to the lady I had recognised from her hair style as we walked in. Having been allocated our table I sat down and introduced myself to Lizz Wright, for it was she. She helped me with the names of her band and agreed to a selfie. She was, obviously, hugely impressed with my knowledge of her career but managed to drag herself away. This meant that, unfortunately, she missed the bit where I managed to splash Thai Green Curry onto my only pair of jeans. She would have been even more impressed, I’m sure.

Wandering around the main site later we caught the irrepressibly cheerful Arun Ghosh on his way to play a set in the Record Store Tent and he told me about a BBC Proms Concert at Sage, Gateshead that would feature him and Yazz Ahmed. We were able to catch the last two songs of his set on one of our many forays into the Store.

After our last gig of the day (Julian Lage in the Jazz Arena) we crossed the main site again to the Bar Tent. Standing outside the Bar we were able to listen to most of Van Morrison’s set but were not able to tell if it was Happy Van or Grumpy Van on the stage. Having seen both, Happy Van is the best. We had been able to hear some of the early part of his set between the tunes in Julian Lage’s show as the soundproofing between the Big Top and the Jazz Arena was poor.

The beer on site was pretty good and only slightly overpriced. We remain confused by the beer plastic glass deposit scheme that was running. Under this you pay £1.20 per ‘glass’ with your first round of the day and then every time you go back for a refill you get a new glass. At the end of the night you put the ‘glass’ into one of the purple wheelie bins and pay a further £1.20 per ‘glass’ when you start again the next day. If you are fortunate to stay for the full festival you can spend £7.20 on deposits for one glass. The instructions on the side of the ‘glass’ advise punters not to take them home but I’m descended from Yorkshire folk……..

Jazz FM have a 3 hour long Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2023 Programme during which Tony Minvielle speaks to many of the artists and plays tracks from their albums. It’s perfect listening if you don’t mind the out of date traffic bulletins and breaking news announcements from last week. Dave Sayer

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